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Gurunsi earth houses. Kassena Village, Tiébélé, Burkina Faso. Sun-dried mix of clay, soil, straw and cow droppings moistened to a perfect mortar, mixed by foot to create strong pottery-like structures. layer upon layer are added when needed, maintaining the necessary wall thickness to withstand rainstorms and extreme temperatures. short walls are used as urban landscaping elements, provide a buttressing support, and offer supplementary places to sit or work.

The Bobo-Dioulasso Mud Mosque, Burkina Faso. The amazing Mosque in Bobo Burkina Faso. Built using mud and tree trunks the later of which are replaced every few years. They stick out so people can climb them making it easier to reach the top ones. Photo and Description by Gavin Chapman

adobe mosque in Mali, Timbuktu. photo by a2portfolio The Bobo-Dioulasso Mud Mosque, Burkina Faso. The amazing Mosque in Bobo Burkina Faso. Built using mud and tree trunks the later of which are replaced every few years. They stick out so people can climb them making it easier to reach the top ones. Photo and Description by Gavin Chapman

Burkina Faso - at the base of a hill overlooking the surrounding sun-drenched West African savannah lies an extraordinary village, a circular 1.2 hectare complex of intricately embellished earthen architecture.